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07/28/2021

Specialty Building Products names new EVP

Chris Gerhard arrives after serving as vice president of sales at Trex Company.
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Chris Gerhard

Specialty Building Products (SBP), the distributor of specialty building products in North America, announced that Chris Gerhard will join the company’s executive leadership team, beginning in August. 

In the newly created role of executive vice president, Gerhard will work with the existing management team to enhance the company’s customer and supplier relationships and to further accelerate the growth of the business.

SBP’s operating brands include U.S. Lumber, Alexandria Moulding, and Midwest Lumber. 

Gerhard brings to SBP broad industry experience, an extensive network of industry relationships, and a deep understanding for the specialty products value chain, the company said. Over the last decade, he has served as vice president of sales for Trex Company where he maintained various responsibilities, including management of product launches, strategic customer negotiations, distribution strategy, and the Trex sales team.

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“We have worked with Chris for a number of years through our relationship with Trex and are incredibly excited that he will be joining our executive team,” Specialty Building Products President and CEO Jeff McLendon said. “We’re confident that Chris will become a valued leader within the organization, capable of leveraging his extensive industry relationships, including with key partners and customers, to advance SBP’s growth strategy.”

Gerhard added, “The team at SBP has built the company into one of the industry’s leaders and this was the right opportunity for me at this stage of my career. I am excited to work with the team and SBP’s highly respected operating brands to capture new growth and market opportunities. I am grateful to my colleagues at Trex and look forward to continuing to work with them and deepening our two companies’ highly productive relationship in my new role."